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ABOUT US

Moonshot Initiative, formerly known as Women’s Weekend Film Challenge, is a nonprofit organization that works to promote gender equity by creating opportunities for women and non-binary people to bring their leadership, talents, and stories to the forefront of the film and television industry. We aim to empower and support underrepresented voices and promote a more inclusive media landscape. 

Moonshot is best known for our signature film challenge that has produced 36 short films with more than 900 professional women and non-binary filmmakers. In subsequent years, Moonshot established a virtual workshop series that provides affordable career advice from the top women of Hollywood. 

We also offer a pilot accelerator designed both to help emerging writers advance their careers and to increase the representation of women and non-binary people in television. This program is geared toward writers with strong, completed pilot scripts who lack the industry connections to sell their series or break into the writers room.
 

Our Mission

MEET THE TEAM

Our organization is run entirely by independent filmmakers who understand the needs of emerging talents.

Katrina Medoff and Tracy Sayre founded Moonshot Initiative in 2017. They were filmmakers who met at a networking event and became fast friends. When Katrina had the idea to bring women together to make films over the course of a weekend, Tracy jumped on board, bringing her years of organizational experience. The two friends volunteered their time for almost three years to develop this organization.

Makana Lani joined in 2020 to help with social media. With her background as an award-winning screenwriter, she made herself invaluable and took the lead on application review for the pilot accelerator. With Moonshot ever-expanding, Krystal Dinsberg joined in early 2023 to coordinate the day to day programming. 

We are a lean team that punches way above our weight. We would not be able to achieve what we do with out the advice of our advisors: Elle Johnson, Jasmine Russ, Anuj Guptal, Kathryn OKane and Aisha Besson; and our developement committee: Djaka Souare, Eden Martinez, Erica Rubinsky, Kim Madden, Lyndsey Casagrande, Elaine del valle and Kareema Bee. And our many volunteers, especially Kyra Fequet.

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Katrina Medoff

Co-Executive Director and Co-Founder

Katrina Medoff brings her background as an actor, writer and producer to Moonshot. She has spearheaded major programs through Moonshot and has advanced the career of thousands of creatives. For ten years, she served as the editor in chief of BORO, a magazine about her home neighborhood of Astoria, Queens. She loves embroidery, calligraphy, and anything else Jane Austin would have enjoyed.

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Eden Martinez

Board Member

Eden is a filmmaker, fighter and adventurer. Their aesthetic creates a beautifully striking picture of reality. Gifted with high emotional intelligence, curiosity, and an arsenal of dad jokes Eden creates human stories overflowing with authenticity and charm.

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Nina Gibb

Intern

Nina is a current undergraduate student at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. She is passionate about inclusive storytelling, LGBTQ representation, and documentary filmmaking. She is an avid Letterboxd user.

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Tracy Sayre

Co-Executive Director and Co-Founder

Tracy Sayre helps thousands of women build networks and break down barriers. Through Moonshot, Tracy has produced nearly 40 short films. She is an award-winning screenwriter and wrote and produced “Lily + Mara” with her writing partner, Caroline Roberts (AP of “The Little Mermaid”), which screened on PBS and had its world premiere at the Rhode Island International Film Festival. Tracy lives in Kingston with her husband and two daughters. She is an avid reader.
 

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Elle Johnson

Board Member

Elle Johnson is a TV Writer and Executive Producer who has written and produced shows from "Law & Order," "CSI: Miami," "Saving Grace," and "The Glades," to "Ghost Whisperer," "The Fosters,” and "Any Day Now.” She was an Executive Producer on the Amazon Original Series “Bosch.” And the co-showrunner on Netflix’s NAACP Award winning limited series "Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker.” 

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Krystal Dinsberg

Programs
Manager

Krystal Dinsberg is a Black Native comedy TV writer who champions diverse ensembles in her work. Krystal’s credits include shows for Lionsgate TV, Amazon, Paramount +, NBC, and Hallmark. She is currently an Associate Producer for the hit comedy podcast, The Alarmist.

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Aisha Besson

Board Member

Aisha is an accountant with over 20 years of experience in small to mid-level organizations. She has a proven ability to execute and excel in finance and HR related areas. With a solid understanding of GAAP requirements, she is equipped to give recommendations on many issues that arise in an organization.

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Makana Lani

Director of Communications

Makana Lani is a writer based in NYC. She is passionate about telling character-driven stories centered on queer women. 

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Jasmine Russ

Board Member

Jasmine is the VP of development & production at Fabel Entertainment (Bosch, The Killing, Interrogation). She began her career in Australia casting for film, TV and theater before transitioning to the US to continue her work. Jasmine began producing under Fabel's previous banner of Fabrik where she established her specialty in genre blending, subversive storytelling and first time creators. She currently has projects set up at Netflix, Amazon, IMDb and Hulu and continues to service Fabel's new genre agnostic brand with a focus on premium content. 

HOW ARE WE DIFFERENT?

Our committment to representation goes beyond gender. We are committed to ensuring that at least 50% of our crews, judges, and workshop guests are people of color. Over 30% of our participants identify as LGBTQ+.

We break down financial barriers. We offer finacial aid for all of our programs, and we keep most programs donation-based. Unlike other film challenges where participants need to find their own crews, insurance and equipment, we provide everything so all you need is your talent.

We continue to advocate for our community. Years after you participate, don't be surprised if you hear from us with a job opportunity, a helpful connection, or a waiver to a festival. We are always looking for ways to help you.

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OUR VISION

We have seen firsthand how powerful it is to bring women and non-binary people together to make art. The connections made through our programs lead to stable career. 

 

We envision a world where women get hired just as frequently as men, a world where gender stereotypes are no longer expressed on screen, a world where young kids can see themselves and all their potential.

The vision starts with a radical solution. Build a pipeline for women and non-binary filmmakers so that they have the experience and network to climb the industry ladder and have a say in how gender is represented on the screen. 

Hollywood is not giving  people this opportunity, which is why we are doing it at the grassroots level.

Support Our Mission Today!

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